Monday, March 11, 2013

Birthday Blessings

It's my turn to host the Technique Lover's Challenge on Splitcoast and this week's challenge is to create something that has light to dark colors.....this technique is also called Ombre which is defined as "graduated colors from light to dark on a surface". Starting with the lightest shade of a color (any color), use light, medium, and dark shades of the same color to create a background or main image.

For example, you can use the same die shape such as a rick rack pattern...... cut several using light, medium, and dark shades of the same color family card stock. Starting with the light, lay them out on a piece of card stock working from light to dark and adhere. Now, cut the piece to fit your design.

You can also use light to dark colored papers to create a layered flower.

Other suggestions include:
1. Use light to dark shades of patterned paper to create a background
2. Use light to dark shades of pearls as details
3. Paint, brayer, or sponge a background using light to dark inks
4. Be creative...what can you design using light to dark colors??
My sample uses patterned papers starting with the lightest color at the top and working down to the darkest. The flower also uses light to dark colors and the vine, twine, and button center finish it off. 
Stamps: Verve's Forever in Our Hearts
Paper: White, My Minds Eye dp, Bo Bunny dp
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Cherry Lynn Vine die, Twine, Button, Sewing Machine, Spellbinders Rose dies   
This is also for a few other challenges: 
1. Eclectic Ellapu - birthdays
2. Crafty Catz Challenge - all stitched up
3. 4 Crafty Chicks - die for dies (I used spellbinders Rose dies and Cherry Lynn vine die)
4. The Paper Shelter - punches/dies
Thanks for stopping by and  I hope you can join us for this weeks Technique Lover's Challenge!!


Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,love the design...great

Tammy said...

Gorgeous card! The flower is absolutely fantastic! Love your card!!

Anne Temple said...

Your card is gorgeous and I love that technique - great color choices. I'll definitely have to try it soon.

Patrice said...

Oh Joan what this is another beautiful piece! Beautifully done. Greetings Patrice

Kathy and Lucky said...

This is outstanding with the ombre look and the flower, love it.

Unknown said...

Joan this card is simply stunning! I love the flower cluster and the strips of brown...Gorgeous!!

Kimberly S said...

Beautiful flower, such a lovely Birthday card Joan! :) hugs, Kimberly

Dawn Easton said...

Beautiful, Joan! Love the graduating colours and your gorgeous layered flower!!

Sparkly Engineer said...

The background is lovely. I like the shading and sewing. It really shows off your pretty flower

Dianne said...

Joan what a beautiful card the background is gorgeous, thanks for sharing and have a great day..

Becky said...

Joan, you did a fabulous job on this challenge. Love how you blended the colors and what a beautiful flower.

Denise Marzec said...

So gorgeous! Wowwww!

Mary Marsh said...

Beautiful card Joan and I love how you worked this fab technique -just awesome